Paul Alvin's patient journey to this point has been long, but is proving to be well worth the wait. It's been about making the most of opportunities given. Paul Alvin is doing just that. This rookie album of all originals has been described as music that will make laugh and then turn you around into a deep thought. From track to track, this album has fun hooks along with thought-provoking depth that has the listener wondering what direction will each song take.
"Farther From You" is a song personally inspired by that old high school girlfriend that nobody likes, but you just can't seem to get rid of. With a cleverly-crafted hook, this song has a fun feel, peppered with the humor that has catapulted Paul Alvin into this new journey. The track getting the most publicity on the album so far is the hilariously titled "Chunky Dunkin". The song has gathered songwriting acclaim through the Texaco Country Showdown Songwriting contest obtaining the most monthly votes in the month it competed in. The song takes the thought of skinny dippin' with a few pounds to a whole new, hilarious level. The imagery of the songwriting takes you right to the riverbank as you hear the story unfold. "Give Me A Second Chance" is for all those guys out there who might get themselves in trouble and are in need of a good groveling song. However, the reality is sometimes, we can even screw up the apology. "Gone" may perhaps be the "little gem" of the whole EP. This song has the depth and reaches to those places that are hard for most, who have lost loved ones, to even go. When in the depth of loss, even though we might trust in the fact that they may be "in a better place" or are "better off now", the painful part of the initial loss is just missing your loved ones. If you ever have experienced deep loss and needed a way to express it, "Gone" is definitely a song that you will connect with. The last track on the EP, "I Wanna Love You Again", Paul Alvin wrote while walking through the relational pains that can often be experienced when your significant other and you feel worlds apart; that place where each one of you seem to push the each other's buttons of hurt and seem to re-open old wounds. This song is a desperate cry to desiring to love each other again. This is probably one of the more vulnerable songs lyrically on the album.
If you listen to Paul Alvin's first solo project and like it, let him know it and let others know it. Be on the lookout for Paul Alvin, there will definitely more to come from this artist in the future.